September 9, 2014
U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceMountain-Prairie Region134 Union BoulevardLakewood, Colorado 80228
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced
today a Notice of Availability (NOA) for a draft Comprehensive Conservation
Plan (CCP) and Environmental Assessment (EA) for the National Elk Refuge,
located in Teton County in northwest Wyoming. These draft documents describe
how the Service intends to manage the refuge for the next 15 years.
Service works with partners and the public to prepare CCPs for every national
wildlife refuge and wetland management district in the National Wildlife Refuge
System. Each of these 15-year plans identifies specific goals for achieving the
purpose and vision for each refuge and for the overall mission of the National
Wildlife Refuge System.
draft CCP and EA provides the public with a clear picture of what the Service
intends to do for wildlife protection, habitat management, and visitor services
on the National Elk Refuge. The documents
describe four management alternatives for the National Elk Refuge. The proposed
action is Alternative D, a blended alternative that would both increase public
use opportunities with an emphasis on the six priority wildlife-dependent uses
(hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and photography, environmental
education, and interpretation) and focus management efforts on promoting
natural processes and supporting the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, one of the
largest relatively intact ecosystems on the planet.
“We understand the National Elk Refuge is a special place
for many people, so we want to listen to the needs and desires of the
surrounding community,” said Project Leader Steve Kallin. “This comment period
provides the public with an opportunity to review proposed management options
and to suggest others. We value the public’s input and very much look forward
to working with the community on this plan,” Kallin added.
The draft CCP and EA are companion documents to the
National Elk Refuge Bison and Elk Management Plan and its contents, including
supplemental feeding, are not part of this comment period.
Comments may be submitted in two ways:
Email: email@example.com (Include “National Elk Refuge CCP” in the subject
line of the message.)
Fish and Wildlife ServiceAttn:
Toni Griffin, Planning Team Leader134
Union Boulevard, Suite 300Lakewood,
Copies of the draft CCP/EA
may be obtained in three ways:
Fish and Wildlife ServiceDivision
of Refuge Planning134
Union Boulevard, Suite 300Lakewood,
Picking up at:
Elk Refuge Administrative Office675
The National Elk Refuge is also hosting a public meeting to provide an opportunity for the
public to meet with staff and provide input on the draft plan. That meeting
will take place Thursday September 25th, from 6-8 p.m. at:Snow King HotelSummit Two Room400 East Snow King AvenueJackson, WY 83001
Established in 1912, the National Elk Refuge spans
approximately 25,000 acres and provides wildlife with a variety of habitat
types, including grassy meadows, marshes, forest, sagebrush, and rock outcrops.
Although the refuge is known for the large herd of elk that winters there,
nearly 175 species of birds and at least 47 mammal species have been observed
on the refuge. In addition to the large herd of elk, a free-roaming bison herd
also winters at the refuge. Each year, more than 300,000 people visit the
National Elk Refuge.
mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to
conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for
the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted
partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence,
stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and
commitment to public service.
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